An increase in Cuban and Nicaraguan arrivals at the United States’ southern border in December marked the highest number of illegal border crossers during any other month of the Joe Biden presidency, officials said Friday.
The wave of immigrants came shortly before Biden took measures on Jan. 5 to bar Cubans, Haitians, Nicaraguans and Venezuelans.
According to the Office of Customs and Border Protection (CBP, for its abbreviation in English), US authorities detained 251,487 migrants at the Mexico border in December, up 7% from the previous month and 1.5% compared to December 2021. 40% more in
There were nearly 43,000 arrests of Cuban immigrants in December, 23% more than in November, and more than five times the number in the same month last year. Nicaragua also had more than 35,000 arrests, 3% more than in November and more than double that of December 2021.
More migrants from Ecuador and Peru were similarly detained.
The wave from Cuba and Nicaragua has made El Paso, Texas, the busiest Border Patrol area of nine the agency maintains along the border with Mexico for the third month in a row. The city was overwhelmed with immigrants who had been released to continue with their immigration cases in the United States.
The number of Venezuelan arrivals remained well below September peaks, when the South American country was second only to Mexicans among nationalities on the border.
In October, the United States agreed to accept 24,000 Venezuelans on humanitarian parole, while Mexico agreed to accept the same number of Venezuelans who had entered the United States illegally and had been deported because of the pandemic. He was expelled in accordance with a policy established during that time to deprive him of authority. Ask for asylum with the rationale of avoiding the spread of COVID-19.
Biden said this month that the United States would admit 30,000 people a month on humanitarian parole from Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua and Venezuela if they apply online, pay airfare and get a job. If so, they will be allowed to live and work for two years. financial sponsor.
At the same time, Mexico agreed to take in an equal number of people from the four countries who entered the United States illegally and were expelled from the country under a rule in place during the pandemic. Known as Title 42.
Troy Miller, acting commissioner of CBP, noted that the latest measures may be having the desired effect.
“Early data indicates that expanding the measures to include Cubans, Haitians and Nicaraguans is having a similar effect, and we look forward to sharing additional data in the next update,” he said in a press release.